Monthly Archives: April 2009

Chocolate Drizzled Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I was craving something sweet but everyone was in bed so I had nothing else to do but bake. I opted for the ever so easy oatmeal raisin cookie, but what is a cookie without chocolate? What a mouthwatering cookie we have here. Quick go grab a glass of milk

1 cup all purpose flour
1-1/2 cups oats
1 teaspoon ginger, ground
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup raisins
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup sunflower oil
4 tablespoons milk
8 squares baking chocolate

1. Preheat oven to 400 F. In a large mixing bowl add four, oats, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, raisins, egg, oil and milk, mix well.

2. On a lightly greased baking pan drop cookies (about 2 tablespoons) onto baking pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on wire rack. In a microwave safe bowl add baking chocolate. Cook until melted, about 1-3 minutes. With a spoon drizzle chocolate atop cooled cookies.

Yields: 10 big cookies

Potatoes Kofta

I was thinking of a different recipe that would sweep my husband off his feet. Therefore, I came up with this. Boy was he ever happy when he saw this on the table, but what was even better was all the ooh’s and ahh’s I got. We could not stop gobbling these little things down and how incredibly filling they are, you do not need anything else on the table. If you really want to play this recipe up make an assortment of side dips. We all love meat and potatoes so this recipe right here is a sure winner.

1 pound ground beef
2 extra large potatoes, boiled and mashed
1 onion, finely diced
4 garlic cloves, diced
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1/2 teaspoon kholengan, ground
1/2 tablespoon salt
5 eggs, beaten
2-1/2 cups breadcrumbs
Sunflower oil for frying

1. In a large mixing bowl, add potatoes, beef, onion, garlic, pepper, cumin, coriander, Kholengan, salt, 1 egg and 1/2 cup breadcrumbs. Mix well with hands. Add 4 eggs into a bowl and 2 cups of breadcrumbs into another bowl.

2. In a large sauté pan on low-medium heat add sunflower oil, just enough to fry, oil should reach almost half way to kofta when frying. Make sure oil does not start to get to hot. Quickly make mixture into egg size shapes, and then form into a disk shape by gently pressing. Place each kofta into egg mix then roll in breadcrumbs. Add kofta into oil and fry on each side until golden. Remove and drain on paper towels.

Yields: 40

Carrot-Zucchini Fritters

Fritters
are so versatile and that is what I love most about them. You can practically make
anything into one. This is also a great recipe to use when you have too many
vegetables and you’re afraid they may spoil.  You can use corn, potatoes, sweet potatoes,
peas or zucchini and carrots like I have chosen. You can add dips such as hummus
or plain yoghurt which goes perfect with these snacks perfectly.

2 medium zucchinis, shredded
1 large carrot, shredded
1 scallion, chopped
1 egg, beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1-1/2 cup flour
Sunflower oil for frying

1. In a large mixing bowl, add zucchinis, carrots, egg, scallion, salt and pepper, mix well. Add 1/2 cup flour, mix. You should have a dough like consistency if you do not add more flour until you do.

2. Form yolk size balls, and then flatten. In a large sauté pan with enough oil for frying on medium heat, add fritters. Fry on each side until golden.

Yields: 12

Myzithroboureko


This is a really fast and easy dessert to make. Have you had baklava? Well, this is pretty much the same but with a sweet cheese filling, its so fabulous.

1 cup myzithra cheese or any other soft cheese ( I use LaVache Quirit )
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon, ground
6 sheets fillo dough, cut in half
4 tablespoons butter, melted

1. In a large bowl add cheese, egg, sugar and cinnamon, mix well. Preheat oven to 350 F. In an 8×8 baking pan add 3 sheets of the fillo, buttering the top of each with a brush. Pour cheese mix over top 3, continue to layer the next 3 making sure to butter top of each sheet.

2. Bake pastry for 45 minutes or until golden brown. Pour sugar syrup atop pastry, you find the recipe for syrup here.

Yields: 8 servings

And what is a pastry without some Turkish coffee?